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Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith.

Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.

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  1. A History of Atheism in Britain

    From Hobbes to Russell

    By David Berman

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Probably no doctrine has excited as much horror and abuse as atheism. This first history of British atheism, first published in 1987, tries to explain this reaction while exhibiting the development of atheism from Hobbes to Russell. Although avowed atheism appeared surprisingly late – 1782 in...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  2. A Philosophy of Christian Morals for Today

    By Robert Corkey

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Philosophers have been sharply divided in attempts to reconcile the validity of the moral distinctions essential to social well-being with the apparent ethical neutrality of the factual world. The failure to find an agreed solution to this problem produced the popular theory of Logical Empiricism,...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  3. An Analytical Philosophy of Religion

    By Willem Frederik Zuurdeeg

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This original study, published initially in 1959, introduces students of philosophy and of theology to a treatment of religion based upon the methods of modern philosophy – particularly logical empiricism and existentialism. Above and beyond the importance of its point of view, this book is...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Basic Modern Philosophy of Religion

    By Frederick Ferré

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This book provides a reasoned, comprehensive understanding of what religion is as well as a clear and critical assessment of whether, in the light of modern developments in philosophy, contemporary thinking people can responsibly maintain religious belief in God. The book is divided into three...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Christian Ethics

    By Robert Cecil Mortimer

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    A discussion of the general presuppositions and ideas which underlie the Christian ethical teaching, treating of such subjects as conscience, the concepts of sin and virtue, and the relation between morality and religion. The book also attempts to explain the traditional Christian attitudes towards...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Christianity and Morals

    By Edward Alexander Westermarck

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    A thorough examination of many aspects of morality through the lens of Christianity, this book, originally published in 1939, is philosophical in its approach to assessing religion. It compares moral traditions of many world religions and describes their changes over time as well. Written...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  7. David Hume: Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion In Focus

    Edited by Stanley Tweyman

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Based on the original handwritten manuscript, this book provides a new, accurate edition of Hume’s important work, faithful to his original text, marginal notes, and changes. Stanley Tweyman’s comprehensive introduction gives an interpretation of the Dialogues as a whole, as well as close analysis...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Deity and Morality

    With Regard to the Naturalistic Fallacy

    By Burton F. Porter

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This book describes the "naturalistic fallacy", as attributed to Hume, that non-moral premises cannot logically entail a moral conclusion, and distinguishes it from the similarly named though subtly different fallacy identified by Moore in Principia Ethica by comparing and contrasting its presence...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Experience, Explanation and Faith

    An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

    By Anthony O'Hear

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    In this book Anthony O’Hear examines the reasons that are given for religious faith. His approach is firmly within the classical tradition of natural theology, but an underlying theme is the differences between the personal Creator of the Bible or the Koran and a God conceived of as the...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Faith after Foundationalism

    By D.Z. Phillips

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Foundationalism is the view that philosophical propositions are of two kinds, those which need supporting evidence, and those which in themselves provide the evidence which renders them irrefutable. This book, originally published 1988, describes the battle between foundationalism, which...

    Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge

  11. Faith and Logic

    Oxford Essays in Philosophical Theology

    Edited by Basil Mitchell

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    When this book was originally published in 1957 there had been lively debates on the air and in the press about the bearing of modern philosophy upon Christianity, but there had been relatively little sustained discussion of the subject. This book of essays was the product of a small group of...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  12. Faith and Philosophical Enquiry

    By D.Z. Phillips

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    The concern of this book is the nature of religious belief and the ways in which philosophical enquiry is related to it. Six chapters present the positive arguments the author wishes to put forward to discusses religion and rationality, scepticism about religion, language-games, belief and the loss...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  13. Faith Without Dogma

    In Quest of Meaning

    By Margaret Isherwood

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Life is a constant search for meaning, and reflective minds need to find deeper and more comprehensive meaning than that normally proffered by the orthodox teaching of any creedal religion. When this book was initially published in 1964, religion had begun to recognize the importance of psychology...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  14. Heaven Wasn't His Destination

    The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach

    By William B. Chamberlain

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    If forced to state Feuerbach’s philosophical genealogy, one would have to say that he was son of Hegel, father of Marx, and half-brother of Comte. In his own day he had many a celebratory and many a vilifier. His philosophy has received very little direct treatment in the English language....

    Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge

  15. Humanity and Deity

    By Wilbur Marshall Urban

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This book is an attempt at a restatement of the traditional view of the relation of God to man. In opposition to humanism which proposes a religion of pure humanity, and to the theology of crisis which, so to speak, teaches a religion of pure Deity, it maintains a view of religion and theology...

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  16. Mind and Deity

    Being the Second Series of a Course of Gifford Lectures on the General Subject of Metaphysics and Theism given in the University of Glasgow in 1940

    By John Laird

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Complementary to Theism and Cosmology, this book begins with a discussion of philosophical and theological idea-ism, and our common beliefs concerning nature, man, and God. It is principally concerned with idealism - the place of ideals in reality rather than with the place of ideas. It discusses...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  17. Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion

    The Legacy of Deism

    By Peter Byrne

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This study offers students of religion and philosophy introductory chapters concerning the concept of natural religion. It holds that we can’t engage in useful discussion about the present concept of religion without a knowledge of the philosophical history that has shaped that concept. This is...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  18. Natural Religion

    The Ultimate Religion of Mankind

    By Joseph Shaw Bolton

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Driven by the dissatisfaction and turmoil in religion at the time this book was originally published in 1923, the author sets out a belief that all people have an inborn religion and investigates what the future of this religion might be as it changes from age to age. In the short chapters here the...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  19. On Human Freedom

    Being the Forwood Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion given in the University of Liverpool in November, 1945

    By John Laird

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    In the author’s opinion there are three primary conceptions of human freedom - non-coercion, autonomy and indeterminism. He presents his thoughts to define, compare, distinguish and correlate these, not merely with regard to the freedom of the human will, but also and more generally with regard to...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  20. Reason, Truth and God

    By J. Renford Bambrough

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Dealing with theological affirmations and philosophical reactions to them, this concise book presents insightful applications of modern general philosophy to religion. Originally published in 1969, the book investigates epistemological thinking first before turning to notions of assertion, belief,...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  21. Religion and Reality

    A Study in the Philosophy of Mysticism

    By James Henry Tuckwell

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This discussion of the search for religious truth addresses a universal view of religion that can be termed ‘philosophical mysticism’ from a rational basis of experience. Originally published in 1915, this is a classic of theological thinking that investigates the fundamental nature of religion and...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  22. Religion and Theism

    The Forwood Lectures Delivered at Liverpool University, 1933. Together with a Chapter on the Psychological Accounts of the Origin of Belief in God

    By Clement C.J. Webb

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Four lectures on the Philosophy of Religion are included in this compact book along with an extra chapter on the psychology of belief in God. In a search for an acceptable theism, the author examines religious faith and human personality via many theories and facets of thinking, referring to...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge

  23. Religion, Secularization and Political Thought

    Thomas Hobbes to J. S. Mill

    Edited by James E. Crimmins

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    The increasing secularization of political thought between the mid-seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries has often been noted, but rarely described in detail. The contributors to this volume consider the significance of the relationship between religious beliefs, dogma and secular ideas in...

    Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge

  24. Science, Reason and Religion

    By Derek Stanesby

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    Philosophy matters. This is the message of this highly original inquiry into the relationship between science and religion. It is only when we examine the intellectual presuppositions on which science and religion are based, with regard to such fundamentals as truth, objectivity, and realism, that...

    Published April 11th 2013 by Routledge

  25. Stoic, Christian and Humanist

    By Gilbert Murray

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

    This book collects together four essays by the very well-known academic Gilbert Murray that were first presented between 1914 and 1939. The author seeks to present a statement of his profound belief in ethics and disbelief in revelational religions. The philosophy of this great thinker is...

    Published April 10th 2013 by Routledge